Baltimore to embrace diversity at multicultural arts event

June 4, 2013 by  

Baltimore area residents are invited to celebrate the diversity of their community at an exciting family-friendly event.

In less than two weeks’ time, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Creative Alliance will be hosting the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival for the third straight year. Poster printing is likely on the rise as representatives from both organizations work to spread the word about the big day.

The occasion will feature forms of art native to Maryland, including duck decoy carving and screen painting. Arts and crafts from a number of countries around the world, such as Mexico and India, will also be on display. Attendees of all ages will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations and participate in hands-on workshops. Some of the craftsmen at the festival will include well-respected boat builders and banjo makers.

Another highlight of the event will be live entertainment from local bands, which will perform from three different stages. This year’s musical artists will include The Swallows – a chorus of R&B singers – and the jazz group Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes.

The festivities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Attendees will also be able to view a photography exhibit that showcases life in Maryland, watch dance performances from a variety of cultures, and purchase international foods from vendors.

The Folklife Festival will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 3134 Eastern Avenue. It will run from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. There will be no cost to attend, and those seeking more information may call (410) 276-1651.

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